Saturday, March 31, 2012

Copy.Edit. *Wait for it* Paste!

Posted by at 11:26 PM

As kids, we among siblings fight when he/she copies or tries to take credit of our work. "Mom, that was mine!" "Yes Shona, give it back to him.." and that's how the trait of protecting our creation is instilled in us.

Through school-life this trait amplifies, and I remember we had a hell lot of fights, whenever some issue of plagiarizing came up. Then comes the time when we are to appear for those 'glamorous' competitive exams, and we actually protect our 'secrets' from others. "Ooh! That trick of finding the roots of the equation, saves me two steps and a hell lot of time, this will totally give me an edge over others. Hee Hee!" and we succeed to a large extent, unaware of the fact that how 'unsocial' it was on our part to not share our ideas and maybe, help that weak friend of ours to pass the exam...well, maturity comes over time so, let's not blame ourselves much.

Then comes the time of our lives-college. A revamp of our characteristics, for good, happens. We are actually alone in the world and the only link come in the form of seniors. We ask for assistance, and are aided as we expect. 

So what really made them change the trait, of protecting their ideas?  I think I know the answer~ which was consolidated when I was preparing for my seminar today, and found a slideshow on my topic, from the web.

 To my amazement, I was scrolling the very same slides which I had procured from my seniors the other day! Only the name, the template and the bullets in the slideshow were different. Hell, even that typo in the 17th slide was same in both! 

So that's when it struck me, we are actually contributing and stealing ideas at the same time. Even the biggest inventions have some aspect of stolen idea in them. So why is it wrong to copy ideas? Simple. Deep down, that trait wants it to be protected. But this question will never be answered well so, let's not discuss it much.

Anyways coming back, I will continue this legacy and, as I prepare for my presentation for the coming week, I will be extra-clever and will take care of all the typos that are there in the slides. Then one day, a junior will come to me for the presentation and I will gladly 'share' my slides, then he will go back and find out the slide on the internet and will blog about it.....and the legacy lives on...! 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Movie Review: The Mother of All Stories!

Posted by at 2:33 PM

Rating: ♦♦♦♦/5
"An unbiased capturing of emotions, the City of Joy and a well-crafted  thriller with a very shocking conclusion"

From now on, I will watch any movie that has the name 'Vidya Balan' in it.

There is so much, so much in her to give as an actress, that every last role of hers seems to be the limit of her talent. You will actually 'discover' expressions and will feel so contented when she leaves the screen.

And that was not the only best thing about Kahaani. The ensemble cast has a great combination of new faces (new for rest of the world, not for the Bengali viewers) and known ones.Every character seems to be there for a purpose-even that little boy in Monalisa Guest House-- enough said.

Parambrata Chattopadhyay aka 'Topshe' (as the Satyajit Roy's Feluda patrons would know him) plays his part really well, with the innocence as required, in a policeman new to his job. Saswato Chatterjee as the ___ oh wait I cannot reveal his identity, yes as the essential character, was splendid, which you will see in many scenes like the Metro scene shown in the trailers. And the rest of the cast was largely composed of local artists from Bengali entertainment industry-all were doing just what they required to do-no exaggeration, just the right thing.

Don't worry, none of the above instances were spoilers.

The background score helped connect the viewers to the scenes well.
Apart from 'Ekla Chalo Re' and 'Aami Shotti Bolchi'   no other track was played between the movie. The intentions of the director was clear-he wanted the viewers not to drift away from the plot at all. And he was successful.

Director Sujoy Ghosh- whatever I say would fall short for his work. Apart from all the skillful framing and setup, one thing I truly enjoyed was- he made us believe during the intermission that this would be another cliché-and thus, what actually happened in the end felt more shocking because of this very belief he formed in our minds. Fantastic.

The portrayal of Kolkata could not have been better than this-it was unbiased and accurate. Being a bengali himself, the director did not intend to 'glorify'  his city. This is what was needed from him. Also, pulling off smaller marvels like  amalgamating the intermission between the Metro Rail scene, the climax being put within the Dashami celebrations was appreciable. Crafty use of the moments of the city I must say.

The end note by Amitabh Bachchan dilutes the shock you will get in the climax, to a beautiful satisfaction.

I would highlight once again, watch out, among many more scenes, for:
-The Metro Rail scene before and after the intermission
-The blending of the mood of Durga Puja between  crucial sequences of the movie
-The climax

Kahaani. Truly, a mother of a story. Do not miss it.

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